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Education, Ethnomusicology, and Acoustic Guitar at the Federal University of Paraíba. He teaches undergraduate and graduate classes and supervises master's and Ph. Students. He got a Ph.D. in Music/Ethnomusicology (Federal University of Bahia, 2005); MA in Music Education (Brazilian Conservatory of Music, 2000); BA in Music Education and Guitar Performance (State University of Montes Claros, 1997). His primary research interests include: decolonial music education, intercultural music education against musical epistemicides, Afro-Brazilian music, Popular Brazilian music, music education in contemporaneity, music curricula, diversity, and decolonial options, ethnomusicological perspectives on Brazilian and Latin American Music. Some of his recent publications include: Afro-Brazilian Culture in Higher Music Education: Analyses from a Trajectory of Exclusions and Epistemicides (2021); For how long, Brazil? Decolonial Perspectives to Rethink the Higher Music Education (2020); Afro-Brazilian Musical Cultures: Perspectives for Educational Conceptions e Practices in Music (2016). He served as the President of the Brazilian National Association of Music Education - ABEM (2013-2017). Currently, he is the President of the Nacional Brazilian Society of Research and Graduate Studies - ANPPOM (2022-2023). He has kept a Productivity Research Fellowship since 2013, funding by The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq).

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Research interests

Music and decoloniality 

Diversidades humana, cultural e musical

Music education in several cultural contexts and different educational levels


2018 - 2019

University of Texas at Austin


2002 - 2005

Federal University of Bahia

Ph.D in Music (Ethnomusicology)

Human, cultural and musical diversities 

Afro-Brazilian musical cultures

1998 - 2000

Brazilian Conservatory of Music

Master's Degree in Music (Music Education)

Brazilian Popular Music

Acoustic guitar in Brazilian music

1994 - 1997

State university of Montes Claros

Bachelor of Artes in Music Education and Acoustic Guitar

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